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Chapter Fifteen: My How Times Have Changed.
There was a sharp knocking on the door.
Lily started awake, though she didn't open her eyes. She was too tired and warm and comfortable. She snuggled a little tighter into a ball and tried to sleep through the noise.
The knock came again followed by Molly's bright voice.
Lily groaned and pulled a pillow over her head.
Molly opened the door and walked into the room. "It's seven thirty. Up and at 'em!"
Lily popped open an eye. The room was still dark. It took Lily a minute to see Molly's shape moving through the darkness toward her bed, her frame illuminated by the hall light. "It's what time! Get out of here, you crazy witch!"
Molly walked quietly across the room and crouched next to Lily's bed. "The sun is shining…" she began in a sing-song-y voice.
"It's completely dark outside," said Lily, turning her head and looking out the window, which was the pale grey and pink before sunrise.
"The sun will be shining," Molly corrected herself as she smiled widely at Lily.
Lily covered her head with her blankets. "Well wake me when the sun is actually shining, yeah?"
There was silence for a few minutes and Lily thought Molly had left the room, had left her to sleep. Boy was she wrong.
Molly waved her wand at the light-switch and it flipped on, brightening the room. The she took a running leap and jumped onto Lily's bed saying, "WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!" and she started singing Revelry. "Doo doo dododo dooo dooo dododo do do dodadododooooodo!"
"GAH!" shouted Lily, as she emerged grinning from the blankets. "You are INSANE!" she said very half-heartedly to Molly as she tried to knock her off the bed. "TAKE THAT!" and she hit Molly with her pillow.
James started awake and sat up quickly. "I'M UP! I'M UP!" he shouted, looking around. He was so disoriented that he became tangled in his sheets and feel out of bed onto the floor with a thud.
Molly and Lily looked up from hitting each other with pillows and looked down at James on the floor. They both started giggling and then kept right on with their pillow fight with more laughter and smacks of pillows.
"Ugh…" groaned James from the floor, his arm over his head. It was too early for this. He decided to just ignore it all and fall back asleep, something that was surprisingly easy for him to do.
Sirius and Remus came running up the stairs and bounded into the room. What they saw was complete chaos. James was on the floor, apparently asleep and Molly and Lily were attacking each other with projectile pillows. Molly was ducking at the end of Lily's bed launching pillows at Lily. Lily was sitting in the center of her bed catching the pillows and sending them back at Molly.
Neither girl had realized that Sirius and Remus were in the doorway, calmly watching this display.
Sirius leaned against the frame and grinned.
Remus looked amused and tried to bite back a smile that was slowly spreading across his face. "So that's what they do in the girl's dorm…" he said jokingly to Sirius.
"I knew it!" said Sirius with a small laugh, his eyes on Molly.
Molly ran toward the other side of the room. She jumped over the unconscious James on the floor, leapt onto his bed and grabbed his pillow. She turned back toward Lily holding a pillow above her head and looking triumphant. "Hah-oof!" Molly said as Lily tossed a pillow into her stomach. Molly lost her balance and fell backwards into Sirius' waiting arms, the pillow still in her right hand.
Lily started laughing harder. "Good thing Sirius is always there for you Mollykins."
"Yup," smiled Molly as she took the pillow and hit Sirius softly with it.
Remus smiled and shook his head. "And here we thought that there was a major fight going on up here."
"Nope, It's wake up time," said Molly brightly. "They wouldn't get up, so I had to take drastic measures."
"Like you did with us?" asked Sirius.
"Nope. Completely different," said Molly calmly, still in Sirius' arms.
Remus laughed. "Well James isn't up. He's slept through the Molly Wake Up Call. And here I thought that was impossible."
Molly held up a hand. "Watch and learn," she said to Remus. Sirius propped her back on her feet and she walked over to James, crouched down to him and said softly, "Eggs, bacon, tea, toast…"
James sat up, immediately awake. "It's time to start the day!"
Molly straightened, smiled and walked out of the room, past an astonished Remus and grinning Sirius. "Breakfast is in twenty minutes. Be down stairs in that time." And she went down to the kitchen to make everyone breakfast.
"I'm going with her," said Sirius as he followed Molly to the kitchen.
"Simply amazing. I guess we really do think with our stomachs," said Remus as he shook his head, a smile in his eyes. "I'll leave you two to get dressed. See you at breakfast." He left the room and closed the door behind him.
James picked himself up off the floor and put all his sheets back onto the bed in a heap. "Good morning Lily," he said through a yawn. He smiled at her.
"Good morning James," said Lily, as she grinned back. "Sleep well?"
They continued to look at one another. Just looking; their smiles grew wider and wider.
James noticed that Lily's hair was "windswept" after her "fight" with Molly and her cheeks were a rosy pink. She was still holding a pillow to her chest and she was smiling at him. James couldn't fathom how Lily could be any more beautiful.
This is how I want to wake up every day, thought Lily. To James Potter's smiling face and my crazy friends making breakfast.
Lily cocked her head to one side and motioned for James to come closer. He walked over to her and she kissed his cheek and threw her arms around his neck. "I'm so glad you're my boyfriend," she said.
"I'm glad you're my girlfriend," said James as he wrapped his arms tightly around her.
"Thank you, James," she whispered.
"You're welcome Lily."
"I love you."
"I love you too," smiled James. He got a wonderful swooping sensation ever time Lily said those words, in that order, to him.
Lily sighed into James' shoulder as he held her close. This was everything she wanted, right here: a home, James, her friends, and a life of her own.
The group of three Marauders, Lily and Molly ate breakfast and caught the Knight Bus. They made it back to Hogwarts without great incident. But so much had changed. James still loved Lily, but now…Lily loved James in return. It was the beginning of a beautiful love.
Well my faithful readers…that's the end. I know, you don't want it to. But it is time. It ended on a nice high note, as it should.
This story is dedicated to my grandmother, Marie. She did have cancer. It was one of my dreams to bring home a boy for her to approve…but it never happened.
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